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Artefact Design & Salvage
Cornerstone Place
23582 Highway 121
Schellville , California
95476
Tel: 707 933 0660
www.artefactdesignsalvage.com

A warehouse-like space adjacent to Sonoma's Cornerstone Gardens, Artefact is stuffed with dramatic and unusual objects found around the world by owner Dave Allen. The artful and exotic inventory is ever-changing, but expect to find items like 19th- and 20th-century clock faces from European train stations; giant hand-carved stonework from India; twelve-foot-tall parlor doors with rich, weathered patinas; wooden spires from long-gone churches; tattered, sculptural cargo ropes from Holland; and limestone fountains and basalt birdbaths from France. Prices range from pocket change to tens of thousands of dollars.

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Baksheesh
423 First Street West
Sonoma , California
95476
Tel: 707 939 2847
www.vom.com/baksheesh

Baksheesh specializes in handcrafted gifts and housewares from the developing world. Committed to fair trade and to supporting disadvantaged artisans, the store culls gorgeous one-of-a-kind items from countries throughout Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East: coiled bamboo platters from Vietnam, Mayan-inspired ceramic vases from Peru, Indian block-printed tablecloths, and musical instruments from Cameroon. One of the most popular items is a trivet made out of recycled newspaper, from the Philippines. With each purchase, you'll be doing good—and you'll want everything in the store. Other stores are located in Healdsburg (106B Matheson St; 707-473-0880) and St. Helena (1327 Main St.; 707-968-9182).

Jimtown Store
6706 Highway 128
Healdsburg , California
95448
Tel: 707 433 1212
www.jimtown.com

The most sophisticated country store you're ever likely to stumble upon, this green and yellow shop carries everything from gourmet sandwiches to sock monkeys. The rustic shed out back brims with antiques and folk art collected by the owner's parents. On warm days, order a bowl of chocolate pudding and head to the glossy, cherry-red picnic tables on the back patio, where dense Sonoma County grapevines overhead provide cool shade. The shop also carries its own house-made condiments, such as fig-and-olive spread, which make wonderful gifts for foodie friends. Note that the shop is ten minutes outside Healdsburg; though the store is reason enough to hop in the car, plan to tack on a visit to the surrounding Alexander Valley, one of area's most scenic wine-producing regions.

Open Mondays through Fridays 7 am to 5 pm.

Martin
1350 Main Street
St. Helena , California
94574
Tel: 707 967 8787
www.martinshowroom.com

Local interior designer Erin Martin sells unique furniture, art books, sculpture, lighting, and objets d'art in her soaring, stone-walled space, the most dramatic shop in downtown St. Helena. Styles range from an organic, sculptural aesthetic to high-tech, industrial modern design. You'll find furniture carved from driftwood, 1950s European automotive lights, and cast-bronze sculptures by Simon Toparovsky. Martin is also interested in indigenous cultures, so the ever-changing inventory might include mangrove lamps from Brazil, bamboo stools from Guatemala, or pressed-tin doors and petrified-wood tables from Morocco.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays noon to 4 pm.

Myra Hoefer Design
309 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg , California
95448
Tel: 707 433 2166

Interior designer Myra Hoefer scours Paris flea markets, antique shops, and artists' studios, then showcases her best finds in this tiny showroom off Healdsburg's central plaza. The well-edited inventory changes often, but on any given visit you may discover hand-painted monogrammed silk pillows in multicolored hues, plaster of Paris chandeliers, Louis XIV reproduction furniture, or mounted butterflies.

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Co.
835 Charter Oak Avenue
St. Helena , California
94574
Tel: 707 963 4173

Skip the overpriced gourmet food shops along Highway 29 in favor of this run-down old market, a purveyor of locally produced olive oils and some of the world's best imported balsamic vinegars, Italian salamis, and cheeses. A throwback to the days before import shops became fashionable and overpriced, this dusty little hole-in-the wall is the real deal—rumor has it that the shop inspired the now-famous Oakville Grocery chain. Assemble a picnic lunch of cured meats, olives, bread, and cheese, then snag one of the rickety picnic tables outside in the shade of wisteria vines.

Open daily 8 am to 5:30 pm.

Spice Islands Marketplace
2555 Main Street
St. Helena , California
94574
Tel: 888 424 2433
www.ciachef.edu/california/store.asp

Whether you're in the market for a pair of chef's pants, a jar of exotic sea salt, or an obscure kitchen gadget, this Napa Valley shop—the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone's campus store—is sure to have it. This is where CIA students (and many local chefs) shop, and it's stocked with the wine country's best selection of quality knives, cookware, and glassware. The store also has more than 1,700 cookbook titles in stock, an array of packaged ingredients, and hard-to-find spices from around the world.

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

Woodhouse Chocolate
1367 Main Street
St. Helena , California
94574
Tel: 800 966 3468
www.woodhousechocolate.com

Go ahead—just try to resist the seductive window display at this high-end chocolate boutique, where white-gloved salespeople lovingly tuck artisanal delicacies (made in the European tradition, without preservatives) into china-blue boxes reminiscent of Tiffany & Co. The offerings extend far beyond your typical truffle; here, chocolate is transformed into intricately patterned stilettos, squirrels, poison-dart frogs, and other precious shapes, filled with exotic ingredients such as Thai ginger, passion fruit, and honey. But confections like this don't come cheap: One pound will set you back nearly $80. Be sure not to leave your purchases in a hot car.

Open daily 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.